We recently finished reading the Gospel of Mark in our morning Bible study. The following post is a copy of our notes from the last few weeks. This book includes one of my favorite verses, Mark 10:45:
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Author: Mark, also called Marcus in NT
Date: AD 57-60 (approx)
Subject: the life, teachings, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ
Setting: the Holy Land- the Jordan Valley, Galilee, Jericho and Jerusalem
Key People: Jesus, the disciples, Pilate, the Jewish religious leaders
The book of Mark contains 16 chapters.
1. The Preparation 1:1-13
2. The Galilean Ministry 1:14-9:50
3. The Journey to Jerusalem 10:1-52
4. The Final Week 11:1-15:47
5. The Resurrection and Ascension 16:1-20
Bible scholars generally agree that this narrative was the first Gospel written. This book was written for the Gentiles (probably Romans) rather than Jews. Mark had a sincere desire to win the Gentile Romans to Christ.
Mark traveled with Paul and Barnabas, most likely when he was a very young man. He gained great experience in missionary work. He matured over the years and ministered as a co-laborer with Paul, Timothy and Peter. During his association with Peter, Mark learned many of the facts about Christ’s ministry, which later became a part of his Gospel record. Peter and Mark may have been very much alike in temperament and spent much time together. They must have talked at length of the Lord’s life on earth, and Mark must have jotted down many precious memories from one so close to Jesus. Peter called Mark his son, which probably means that Peter was his spiritual father, who led him to faith in Jesus Christ.
The theme of the book of Mark could be simply stated as The Humble Servant. Mark depicts Christ as a worker of wonders, but emphasized that He performed these miracles for the benefit of the people and that He presented Himself unto them as a servant. Jesus was determined to lead as a servant and to set an example for you and me. Here is his message: If you want to win, lose yourself. If you want to be first, be last. If you want to be a leader, be a servant. Greatness is not determined by how many people you lead but by how many you serve. (Ch 10:45)
Favorite verses: 1:11, 5:36, 8:34-37, 9:37, 10:6-9, 14-16, 27, 31, 45
11:24, 12:30, 13:5-13, 31-33, 14:22-26, 16:6, 15, 19
Sources: Alpha Omega Publications
Read Your Bible One Book at a Time, Woodrow Kroll